2802 Tasting Notes
I’m back from a weekend in Big Sur with my BF. I wish I could have stayed at Esalen forever, it is such a beautiful place. The fog is kind of oppressive today in SF.
I am feeling sick this morning with allergies gone haywire, so I thought something green would be nice, and hopefully healthy. This tea is one I don’t have very often, I need to be in the mood for it somehow. It’s so buttery and creamy, I almost feel like I’m drinking liquid buttered corn. Milk oolongs do not tend to be the ultimate favorite for me but I do enjoy this one and hoping the antioxidants can calm down my immune system.
This came in the Lupicia grab bag I got over New Year’s. I’ve been avoiding trying this one because frankly I am not the biggest fan of muscat or grape flavored things in general.
Upon opening the bag I see what looks like a perfectly good Bao zhong oolong drenched in an overwhelmingly fake sweet grape aroma. The flavor is much the same. The muscat really overpowers the oolong and is sickeningly sweet, artificial and cloying.
Normally I’m a Lupicia fan but nope, this one is not for me. I will struggle to finish the cup I think. It is up for grabs/trade if any muscat fans are interested in it.
Flavors: Artificial, Muscatel
Pure Bud… something about this doesn’t exactly sound like tea!
I decided to gong fu this beauty this morning. Normally I like to let my black teas steep Western style, for about 2 minutes or more. When you gong fu this for about 30 seconds, some very nice elegant flavors emerge. There is the sweet potato, molasses and brown sugary type of goodness.
2nd steep I did for 1 minute, and in addition to the sweet potato/sugary notes some bittersweet chocolate and malt are coming to the surface.
3rd steep at 2 minutes is around the same. This tea is nice plain but I also like it with some soymilk added, the creaminess of the soymilk makes the sweet potato notes kind of dessert like. I am also getting more fruity apricot in this steep.
I found this tea quite dee-licious! I don’t understand the negative reviews but if you have some of this you aren’t wanting, I will gladly take it off your hands. :)
Hmm, something from David’s Tea that I don’t totally hate – what a pleasant surprise :)
This is a rolled green Vietnamese oolong in the style of Tung Ting oolongs from Taiwan. I steeped this in my yixing teapot this afternoon. The tea liquor is very light but flavorful. It’s not as fruity as the high mountain oolong I had the other day. Light, buttery, a bit grassy with pine notes. The weather has been pretty warm and spring like here and I am enjoying green oolongs a bit more than I have for the past year or so.
This is a pretty solid, good choice for an oolong. Not as buttery as some, which may be good depending on your preference. I’ve been doing shorter steeps but will have to try it at one long steep Western style soon. I got 3 good steeps out if it, but it started to fade after steep #4.
I broke this one out this morning to contrast with the one I had yesterday. They are both really good but different beasts all together.
The Wild Monk has flavors that are more reminiscent of your usual younger shengs. There is a lot of smoky flavor in this one. The flavor profile is more complex with notes of peach, lemon and smoke. It leaves you with an overall sweetness coating your tongue however. Definitely not as bitter as a lot of young shengs. Has a pleasant, uplifting energy that I am enjoying a lot today. I would definitely check this one out if you’re not adverse to some smoke in your tea.
Maybe I am just a fan of mao cha, I need to get some others to compare with the two I already have :)
Finally I’m sipping down this tea after having a tin of it for a few years. It’s definitely a tea that you need to drink with milk and sugar. Has a fruity, almost citrusy note. I don’t think this will be a repurchase for me, mostly I’m just glad it’s gone after all this time. If I can’t drink a tin of tea within a year it just isn’t a favorite it seems…
Got back from a special treat which was dinner at the Thai restaurant tonight. I had lemongrass tofu and mango sticky rice for dessert. The mango sticky rice was full of coconut milk and it was sooo good. I was very happy with the meal!
I thought I would have this shu puerh as my after dinner drink. On the whole, I am not terribly impressed with this one. Even when the color is quite dark it is lacking a bit in flavor and just seems to be a bit muddy with camphor. Nothing special in my opinion.
Part of a recent tea flavored black tea sampler that I got from Tea Forte, which has gotten me to pretty much give up on Tea Forte as a company…
Anyway this is one of the better flavors in the bunch. It is very citrusy, with lots of tart orange, grapefruit and lemon myrtle flavor. It even stands up to soymilk okay (I was wondering if it would curdle). It has a slightly musty smell, in my opinion and also a slight bitterness. It does have oil of bergamot, which tends to not be my favorite flavor unfortunately. If you would like a really citrusy earl grey, check this one out. I’ll certainly finish the cup and the other samples, but I don’t think I will need to buy it anytime soon. I would have liked it better without the bergamot, I think.
Flavors: Bergamot, Blood orange, Grapefruit, Musty
This is a beautiful looking mao cha tea, I posted a picture on my IG of the leaves:
I’ve had a couple of Misty Peak samples now and have found they are much more mellow and less bitter than most shengs out there. Especially for a young sheng, this is surprisingly downbeat. It is downright fruity, with notes of orange and apricot. A slight woodsyness, and palette cleansing slight bitterness that lingers in your mouth.
If you like strong, smoky tobacco and bittersweet shengs, this is not for you. It is more like the darjeeling of sheng teas; very elegant and fruity. I have to say I am thoroughly enchanted by this mao cha. Definitely a good one for relaxation and winding down as it doesn’t have a potent energy kick. It’s hard to believe this is a pu’er!
p.s. this is not available on the site anymore but the 2014 version is there
Flavors: Apricot, Peach, Wood
This sample came from Teavivre a while back. I appreciate getting a free sample, so thank you.
This is a very nice green oolong that comes through with floral and buttery notes. I am also finding the strawberry flavor to be a bit weak. It really needs to be steeped Western style to get any strawberry flavor at all. Hardly any strawberry flavor is present in the 2nd steep for me. If you want a really strong flavored strawberry tea this is not the thing. I was expecting something slightly different from this. It’s ok but I prefer the fruit flavored oolong from Naivetea and Lupicia.